Knee replacement rehabilitation (rehab) is a series of exercises
you do after your surgery. This helps you get back your knee's range of motion
and strength. You will work with your doctor and physiotherapist to plan
this exercise program. To get the best results, you need to do the exercises
correctly and as often and as long as your doctor or physiotherapist tells
Before you start any exercises, talk with your doctor or
physiotherapist. It is important that you know exactly how to do the
exercises. Stop and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are not sure you are doing the
exercises correctly or if you have any pain. Ice your knee after exercising if
it is sore.
These exercises can be done
right after your surgery. You can do them in your hospital bed. Talk to
your doctor before you start any of these exercises. He or she may tell you to
do them in a certain way. You may need to do them several times each day. When
you first do them, they may hurt. Your knee may click or pop. But these
exercises will help you recover and may help your pain go away faster.
Straight leg raises
Quadriceps (thigh) strengthening exercise
Bed knee bends
When you are able to walk on your own
for a few steps or a short distance, you can try these exercises. Talk
to your doctor before starting any of these exercises. He or she may tell you
to do them in a certain way.
Standing knee bends
Assisted knee bends
to 6 weeks after surgery, you may be able to do the standing or assisted knee
bends with light weights around your ankles. Begin with 0.5 to 1 kilogram weights,
and slowly increase the weight as your knee and leg get stronger. Check with
your doctor before you make any changes to your exercises.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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